Ralf Schumacher has had his say on the continuing Daniel Ricciardo state of affairs, stating that he doesn’t consider the Australian has a future in Components 1.
Schumacher – a six-time F1 Grand Prix race winner and brother to seven-time world champion Michael – shared his ideas on the messy McLaren-Alpine contract saga throughout an interview on Sky F1 in Germany.
In response to a wide range of stories, Ricciardo shall be changed at McLaren by fellow Australian Oscar Piastri.
With one yr remaining on his contract, the 33-year-old is now set to seek for a brand new workforce on the F1 grid, with Alpine seen because the almost definitely choice.
Nevertheless, in line with Schumacher, there might not be a spot out there in any respect for Ricciardo in 2023.
As for who else might take the vacant seat at Alpine, the German former racing driver has backed his nephew and present Haas driver, Mick.
“The names are there, with each cockpit. Mick [Schumacher] hasn’t signed a contract but both. So he could be a candidate. A candidate with velocity, as you may see,” Schumacher advised Sky F1.
“Nico Hülkenberg can also be nonetheless within the beginning blocks.
“After which there’s the query of Daniel Ricciardo.
“Personally, I can not think about that he’ll get one other likelihood in Components 1. However I would not know who Alpine ought to take for the time being.”
Schumacher can also be of the idea that Piastri won’t drive for Alpine subsequent season, regardless of spending this yr because the workforce’s reserve driver and beforehand being part of their academy.
In a chaotic begin to the F1 summer season break, veteran driver Fernando Alonso introduced his transfer to Aston Martin, opening the door for Piastri to drive for the Renault-owned workforce in 2023.
Alpine then went on to publish a media launch confirming the signing of the younger Australian, just for Piastri to overtly deny the deal hours later.
Schumacher has put his help behind the 21-year-old, arguing that he has performed nothing fallacious within the latest saga.
“The morale is totally misplaced. I am sorry,” he mentioned.
“I like Otmar [Szafnauer] (the Alpine F1 workforce principal), however he himself is disillusioned together with his personal efficiency, that he did not see Alonso coming and that he would not have a plan B.
“That is the embarrassing factor about the entire thing. Accordingly, he has guilty himself. Oscar did not do something fallacious.”
“In the end, [Alpine] might have questioned Alonso earlier and conveyed to Piastri that they might be relying on him sooner or later.
“He received Components 3 within the first yr, in addition to Components 2. What ought to he watch for?
“I might have performed the identical if I had acquired a proposal. And McLaren are actually a prime workforce.”
F1 will return from summer season break later this month, with the Belgian Grand Prix to be held between August 26-28.